Cultural Visits

Cultural tourism in Tanzania started as a program to help rural communities enjoy the benefit of tourism sector in which they are a part of. The program is the effort and initiatives of the Dutch Development organization known as SNV which has been directly involved in Tanzania’s community development programs, especially in the rural areas. The main goal is that rural communities should directly benefit from tourists who visit their areas. Cultural tourism allows local people such as Maasai, Pare, Sambaa, Wa-arusha, Gogo, Nyakyusa and Wazaramo to offer tours that show their culture, their sacred places of worship, economic activities, for example, farming, pastoralism and fishing.

The income generated is used by local people for specific development programmes, such as, the building of dispensaries, schools and cattle dip sites.

BABATI/HANANG – 170 kms from Arusha
Rift Valley/Gorowa Culture – A special Barbaig cultural insight hike – An exclusive Mt. Hanang Climb – A fishing adventure with local canoes while viewing hippo’s on Lake Babati – Gorowa story teller with information on rituals.  

ENGARUKA – 180 kms from Arusha
Ruined city/Maasai – A guided walk through the mysterious ruined city – Thorough description of the past and present irrigation systems that keep the village green. – Bird-watching walks at the foot and slopes of the Rift Valley Escarpment.  

ILKIDING’A – 7 kms from Arusha
Slope Meru/Wa Arusha      –  A view into Wa-arusha culture by visiting traditional healer and by tasting traditional food. –  Walks through the fields on the slopes of Mt. Meru. –  Visits to craftsmen who produce stools, knives, jewellery and other traditional objects.

KISANGARA – 90 kms from Moshi
Nyumba ya Mungu Dam    –  Fishing expeditions at Nyumba ya Mungu Dam. –  Spice tour and cooking traditional dishes –  A visit to the Lembeni Herbal Hospital.  

LONGIDO – 81 kms from Arusha
Maasai/Mt. Longido –  Walking safaris with Maasai warriors. –  A climb up the impressive Longido Mountain –  A view into the culture and daily life of the Maasai  

MAMBA/MARANGU – 30 kms from Moshi
Slopes Kilimanjaro/Chagga –  Walks by numerous waterfalls through lush green valleys with panoramic views of Kilimanjaro. –  Visits to ancient hiding caves used during tribal wars. –  Visit to blacksmiths using traditional methods.

MKURU – 50 kms from Arusha
Maasai/Camel ride –  A visit to the camel camp at the foot of Mt. Meru –  Camel safaris varying in length half a day to one week –  Bird-watching in the plains around Mkuru –  A climb up Ol Doinyo Landaree, a pyramid mountain

MTO WA MBU – 120 kms from Arusha
Mixed tribes/fields/rift –  A walking tour of the farms and surrounding area at the foot of the Rift Valley –  A trip to the Miwaleni Lake and Waterfall –  A thorough explanation of the irrigation system –  A view into the culture of the different tribes.  

NGIRESI – 6 kms from Arusha
Slopes Meru/Wa Arusha –  A guided tour of farms on the green and steep slopes of Mt. Meru –  A view into the Wa-arusha culture (traditional health care, building styles) –  A visit to several development projects  

NORTH PARE – 110 kms from Arusha
Pare Culture/hills –  A walk through Kindoroko Forest Reserve –  Thorough explanation on medicinal power of plants and herbs growing in the area –  A view into the Pare culture (old stories).

Boating safaris are fast becoming a popular alternative for safari-goers adventurous enough to venture off the beaten track. Water-safaris are on offer as a break from longer game-viewing and give visitors the opportunity to get out in the open and see tremendous amounts of bird-life and water species up close. At present, boating safaris for game-viewing are only permitted in the Selous Game Reserve, where the Rufiji River, the Great Ruaha River, and numerous lakes give visitors a choice of many expeditions to choose from.
Canoeing excursions in Tanzania are an active option for visitors with a few days to spend exploring the northern lakes. Adventure excursions on the soda-colored shores of Lake Manyara involve canoeing past thousands of pink flamingos in the shallow waters. In Arusha National Park, the freshwater crater lakes of the Momela Lakes make a spectacular canoeing trip, with the forests, highland games, and the imposing crater of Mt. Meru looming nearby. Canoeing excursions allow visitors to get out and explore their surroundings, getting exercised in some of the most beautiful locations in the country.

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Northern Highlights safari

This is a great little itinerary for those that are a little short on time and possibly short on funds! Ideal for seeing the wildebeest migration from November until June.

Luxury Nothern Safari - 9 Days

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Basic Photography Safari - 5 Days

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Wildebeest River Crossing - 9 Days

Few sights in the animal kingdom illustrate life’s bloody struggle in a more visceral way than the great migration crossing the crocodile infested Mara River.

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